These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information of relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks team. If you require further information about any of the items in the newsletter, or have any comments or ideas for content please contact the Networks team.

Committee members and representatives are encouraged to disseminate this information, as appropriate, to colleagues and other members. E-alert request forms can be downloaded from the Useful Forms and Documents page. Up to date lists of members can be obtained by emailing the Networks Team.

Networks Newsletter- October 2022

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the September Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Meet your Member Networks Committee
  • New Officer Drop-in Recording (video)
  • Early Career Chemists needed to attend the 2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Congress
  • Communications from across the RSC
Upcoming Deadlines
01 October
03 October
10 October
11 October
13 October
25 October
27 October
31 October
07 November
28 November
30 November
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
October deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for Research Enablement Grant applications
E-alerts to go out to additional networks on 20 October
E-alerts to go out to own network on 20 October
E-alerts to go out to additional networks on 3 November
E-alerts to go out to own network on 3 November
Deadline for Researcher Development Grant applications
November Deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for STEM for Britain applications
Deadline for Local Section inserts into January Chemistry World
Upcoming Events
04 October
05 October
18 October
20 October
10 November
16 November
16 November
18 November
22 November
8 December

South East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Good foundations careers webinar
Scotland Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Eastern Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Inclusion & Diversity in Public Engagement Workshop
Local Section Day 2022
Careers in agricultural production and food products webinar
PRIDE in STEM Community & Careers Conference and Community Workshop
Careers mentoring training session
Interest Group Forum

Spotlight: Meet your Member Networks Committee
In this month's Spotlight we explain the role of the Member Networks Committee and give a brief bio on its current members.
The Member Networks Committee (MNC) is a committee which reports to Member Communities Board (MCB) and are the connection between our network volunteers and the governance of the RSC. The responsibility for our member networks is delegated from our Board of Trustees (the Board formerly known as Council) to MCB.

MNC report to MCB on matters relating to member networks, such as activities, engagement and funding. The committee work with staff on any amendments and the implementation of the rules, new resources and support (including financial support) for our networks. They also provide a route to disseminate information on RSC strategy to our member networks through the Regional Steering Groups (RSGs) and the Interest Group Forum.

The discussions from the RSGs are reported to MNC highlighting regional activities and any issues for discussion. MNC then escalates any issues as necessary to MCB.

MNC consists of the Chair (from and appointed by the MCB), the Chairs of the 9 Regional Steering Groups (UK and ROI), 1 international Local Section Representative and 2 Interest Group Representatives. Your current Member Networks Committee is:
  • Dr Ellen Norman (Chair)
  • Dr Mark Gray
  • Dr Inmaculada Andres
  • Professor Sylvia Draper
  • Professor Patricia Forbes
  • Emeritus Professor Steven Hill
  • Dr Andrew Logsdail
  • Dr Sarah Myers
  • Dr Helen Ryder
  • Dr Fraser Scott
  • Dr Atualla Shegiwal
  • Dr Rehana Sidat
Read the full article with biographies on each MNC member on the Networks Newsletter blog, and if you have any questions or suggestions for public engagement activities please contact the Networks Team!
New Officer Drop-in Recording (video)

On 12 August we hosted a drop-in for committee officers explaining how the governance, individual roles, communication and legal responsibilities function.

Watch the presentation. Please feel free to pass this video on to any committee members considering an officer position.

Further guidance and resources for officers can be found on our website.  

Early Career Chemists needed to attend 2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Congress

Please distribute this call out to all relevant within your networks:
Are you an early career chemist in the UK? Does your work or research contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
We are looking for five early career chemists to represent the UK and present their work at the 2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Congress  in Trinidad and Tobago, 23–25 May 2023. Successful candidates will receive funding to attend the Congress and present a poster on their research, related to one of the three scientific themes:
  • Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Good Health and Well-being (SDG 3)
    Topics include biodiversity, natural products, food chemistry and security, agriculture, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, and good health and well-being
  • Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
    Topics include sustainable energy solutions, new materials, biofuels, green chemistry, and catalysis
  • Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Climate Action (SDG 13)
    Topics include water treatment and supply, tackling pollution and contamination, and environmental chemistry

Applicants must complete and return the application form to by midnight UK time Sunday 23 October. We will notify successful candidates by 18 November.
Apply for the conference

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Inclusion & Diversity, Prizes, Publishing, Careers, Outreach and Policy and Evidence teams. Please pass on to your networks where relevant.

LGBTQ+ Community Workshop and Celebration 18 November
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Institute of Physics (IOP) invite members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies within the physical sciences to join us for our Community Workshop & Celebration this November. This workshop will follow the PRIDE in STEM Community & Careers Conference at the RSC’s Burlington House (18 November), as part of a suite of events to celebrate LGBTQ+ in STEM Day.

This event is open to both in-person and online attendees. All attendees will have opportunities to share and celebrate good practice from the LGBTQ+ community, discuss the changing landscape for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the physical sciences, and network with LGBTQ+ scientists and allies.
Please do pass this on to any colleagues whom you think might be interested.

Contact for more information or if you would like to reserve a space

RSC Prize Lecture Tours

As part of their prize, many of the RSC’s Prize winners deliver lectures across the UK and Ireland.
Details of upcoming lecture tours can be found of on the Prize Lecture Tour Webpage.

Read details of the tour

New RSC journals now open for submissions
We are excited to announce our new journals are now open for submissions: All three of these new journals are gold open access. Plus, we are paying for any article processing charges (APCs) until mid-2025, so you can initially read and publish for free.

RSC Advances Outstanding student paper award 2021

We are delighted to announce our winners for the RSC Advances Outstanding Student Paper Awards 2021.

These awards recognise outstanding work published in the journal in 2021, for which a substantial component of the research was conducted by a student. We received over 900 nominations, which were shortlisted, and the winning papers were then selected by our Editorial Board and Associate Editors. Below, we highlighted the winner of each subject category, and highlight the research paper that won them the award.

See the winners

Chemical Science symposium 2022: Sustainable synthesis and catalysis
 Under the banner of our flagship diamond open access journal, Chemical Science, we’ll be shining a spotlight on cutting-edge chemistry research and giving it the sort of attention that drives scientific progress and makes a difference.

This hybrid meeting is the next iteration in the Chemical Science symposia series hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  We’re excited to welcome delegates back face to face at the home of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and look forward to a conversation enriched by the online participation of our international community.

We warmly invite you to join us in London, or online, on  November 2022, for the fourth Chemical Science symposium, and look forward to welcoming you to the discussion.
Paolo Melchiorre, Ning Jiao and Andrei Yudin
Conference co-chairs
On behalf of the Chemical Science Editorial Board

Find out more

ChemCareers: Careers in agricultural production and food products, 16 November 12.30 (UK time)

This webinar will cover opportunities available to chemical scientists from ensuring people have access to a plentiful supply of safe and nutritious food to cutting food waste. Experts working within the sector will be on hand to answer questions. Run by the Career Management team, ChemCareers is a monthly webinar series providing advice, access to experts and career inspiration – available for all membership categories.

You can register for this webinar below and find recordings of previous webinars in our ChemCareers library.

Find out more

Mentoring opportunities for members

Associate members (AMRSC), Members (MRSC) and Fellows (FRSC), as well as anyone with RSciTech or RSci status, have the chance to become a mentee, working alongside an experienced mentor in their field.
Benefits of being a mentee include:
• greater clarity around career goals and how to achieve them.
• gaining practical advice, encouragement and support.
• learning from the experiences of others.
• acquiring greater self-confidence and self-belief.
• pursuing personal and professional development and practical learning.
If you are interested in having a mentor, please refer to the mentoring webpage for further information and instructions on how to sign up.
Find out more

Mentoring training 22 November, 11.00am – 1.00pm (UK time)

Mentors find the experience of helping another member rewarding as they help them to grow and 'address their own challenges, considering their relationships at work and thinking of the future.’ Members (MRSC) and Fellows (FRSC) are eligible to sign up to become a mentor on our mentoring scheme. There is a mentoring training session scheduled 22 November. Our mentoring page contains further information about how to sign up to become a mentor.

Find out more

Outreach Fund and Chemistry Week – final call for 2022 applications

The final application deadlines this year are:
Outreach Fund – Monday 7 November
Chemistry Week – Monday 3 October
If you have any questions, get in touch with Geri Kitley via

Find out more about funding

STEM for Britain
 STEM for Britain is an annual poster competition ran by the Parliamentary Scientific Committee, is open to early career researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The event is run by aims to promote and celebrate the work of early career researchers.
Winners receive Gold (£1000), Silver (£750) or Bronze (£500).
Applications close on 12 noon on Monday 28th November 2022
Find out more

Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Debbie, Claire and Barney
Posted by Barnaby Slater on Sep 29, 2022 3:25 PM Europe/London

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